strike thumb medium85 85The Citizen reports that the taxi industry has weighed in on the pending nationwide strike by petrol attendants, auto-components and vehicle dealerships workers and has called on the employer and union negotiators to find each other to avoid a strike that will devastate the taxi industry and the economy.  

The SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) said the motor industry and the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) must try to resolve their differences around the current wage dispute to prevent the looming industrial action.  Santaco’s spokesperson, Thabiso Molelekwa, said the industry was already hard hit by regular fuel increases and would struggle to cope with a strike by petrol attendants in particular.  According to Molelekwa, such a strike would affect 60 million commuters.  The pending strike is due to the breakdown of negotiations between Numsa and employers at the Motor Industries Bargaining Council, over shift allowances and bargaining rights.  The dispute was unsuccessfully mediated by the CCMA.  The motor sector employs more than 300,000 people, working as component makers, petrol attendants and in car dealerships.  Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim accused the employers of being “arrogant” in the talks and commented:  They remain inflexible.  It seems we are headed for a strike.”

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